Manor team principal John Booth is hopeful his team can put into practice what they learnt in Malaysia after Roberto Merhi completed the team's first full race distance.

Merhi's Manor MR03 car finished the Malaysian Grand Prix in 15th position, albeit three laps down on the leaders, in a historic moment for the team who almost didn't exist a few months ago. Instead, they are now heading to round three of the 2015 Formula 1 championship in high spirits after notching up a better result than F1 giants McLaren, who scored a double-DNF in Sepang.

Booth preferred to concentrate on the progress made by his Manor team and will be aiming to continue its improvements at the Shanghai International Circuit.

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"Thanks to our first full race distance at Sepang, we've been able to use the data gathered there to get our 2015 development programme underway and we're looking forward to applying what we have learned from that in the field this weekend," Booth said.

"After the fierce heat and humidity of Malaysia two weeks ago, the cool conditions here in Shanghai are quite a shock to the system. It's always good to come to China though, especially to a circuit as impressive as this one."

The team will aim to get Merhi's team-mate Will Stevens on track in Shanghai after the British driver suffered with fuel system problems all race weekend and as a result failed to make the start grid for a second consecutive Grand Prix.